Ontario announces $1.25B for LTC staffing for next year

Ontario Long-Term Care Minister Paul Calandra speaks with media at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Ontario’s long-term care minister says the province is giving $1.25 billion in the next fiscal year to homes for hiring and staff retention.

The province has committed to ensuring long-term care residents receive, on average, four hours of direct care per day by March 31, 2025.

The money announced today is for the third of a four-year, $4.9-billion commitment to hire and retain more than 27,000 registered nurses, registered practical nurses and personal support workers.

Long-Term Care Minister Paul Calandra says hiring more staff will allow residents to connect to the care they need in the comfort of their long-term care home.

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Direct care includes personal care, such as help with dining, bathing and dressing, as well as helping residents move and providing medication.

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The government says the province met its interim target of three hours of care in 2021-22, but can’t say yet if the target for this year will be met, as there are still two weeks left in this fiscal year.

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